Connie Joe Blankenship

Connie Joe Blankenship passed away on January 18, 2012 at Houston House Nursing Facility in Houston, Missouri.

Connie Joe was born to Albert (Joe) and Mable (Smith) Blankenship on July 9, 1944 in Houston. Connie was a special little guy to all who knew him, and to know him was to love him. He had a big heart and was always ready to give a hug to everyone that he saw.

Connie grew up in First Baptist Church in Houston where he loved his church family. He moved his membership to First Baptist Church in Cabool, Missouri, after he and his mother moved to Cabool to live. After moving back to Houston, Connie went back to attending church at Houston where he was at home. Connie’s job for many years was to ring the church bell on Sunday mornings.

He attended Houston Elementary School through the eighth grade. He was an avid walker and pushed his brother, Rex, in his wheelchair with Rusty, their dog, on Rex’s lap, many hours around Houston. After Rex passed away he continued to walk and could be seen just about anywhere around Houston. Connie also worked at the sheltered workshop in Houston for several years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Roger Lee and Donald Rex.

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Betty Blankenship of Springfield, Missouri, and one aunt, Ethel Holliday of Cabool, cousins and many friends. Connie will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

The family respectfully requests that donations be made to Three Rivers Hospice, in his honor, in lieu of floral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.

Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 21, 2013, at Evans Funeral Home with Wesley Wallace officiating. Pallbearers were Ron Craven, Dale Blankenship, Bill Hamilton, Harold Bennett, Wayne McKinney and Roger White. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

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